Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya Golden Arch Parkway McDonald's (Japanese)

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Yuken Teruya   Golden Arch Parkway  McDonald's (Japanese)
Yuken Teruya
Yuken Teruya Golden Arch Parkway McDonald's (Japanese)
2005
paper, glue
9 x 15.3 x 26.5 cm
Stooping to encounter each work, the viewer is obliged to reimagine the nature of the receptacle: it’s changed from a passive to an active space. Each tree is painstakingly cut, its leaves and branches described with exceptional care, and each bag derives from a slightly different source (sometimes highend fashion boutiques, others Mc- Donald’s), which stages the tree’s connection to the natural world in divergent ways. At times, as in Golden Arch Parkway McDonald’s (Brown), the bag’s mellow ochre tones evoke autumnal shades; at others, such as LVMH Mark Jacobs, the black bag lends the tree a doomy and gothic aspect. Reversing the flow of industry from tree to paper, Teruya’s work has an environmental sensitivity that’s hard to miss. It’s also a poignant assertion of the role of the creative artist: as someone who finds meaning amid the morass of stuff we leave behind.

     
 


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